Saturday’s ribbon cutting ceremony at McDonald’s. (From left to right) Henry Jones Jr., Stephan Taylor, Glen Skelton, Nancy Cochran, Josephine Cochran, Tom Cochran, Charlene Barnes, Doug Schelling, Karen Rogers, and the members of the South Doyle High School Football team. (The Herald/Submitted Photo)

A new South Knoxville restaurant gave back to the community during its grand opening last week.

The area’s newest McDonald’s, which is located at 7545 Mountain Grove Dr., held its Grand Opening ceremony May 10.

“The ribbon cutting went wonderful,” said Tom Cochran, owner of Cochran Family Restaurants. “We had a good response and everybody enjoyed the new look.”

Cochran Family Restaurants, which owns and operates 26 McDonald’s franchises in the Knox County and Seymour area, is looking to modernize their facilities, according to Cochran.

In addition to the double lane drive-through and a sleekly designed dining room, the new McDonald’s location also features interactive videogames.

Three girls enjoy the addition of videogames to the new McDonald’s. (The Herald/Submitted Photo)

“The games were so well received I will probably make an order for more. Everybody from age two to age 95 seemed to enjoy playing the games.” Cochran said. “We want our restaurants to also be a gathering place.”

At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Cochran Family Restaurants also made two donations to South Doyle High School. The first of two $500 checks was for to the Marching Band and the other went to the Touchdown Club.

“It seemed like a good thing to do,” Cochran said. “South Doyle is a great school.”

McDonald’s employees discuss the modernized features of the restaurant. (The Herald/Submitted Photo)

Cochran also emphasized the importance of community involvement for a family business.

“This is a family business and we are part of the community,” he said. “We want to be a helping hand.”

Along with Tom, other Cochran family members Nancy, Josephine, and Eric were present at the ceremony.

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